In 1804, Grouseland was the home designed and constructed for William Henry Harrison, the governor of Indiana who went on to become the ninth president of the United States. The exterior design was made from brick, making it the first brick building in Indiana. The structure was inspired by Berkeley Plantation, which was the Harrison family’s home in Virginia at that time.
The Harrison family lived there for many years and eventually, the house became a museum for the public. Also in Indiana: The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Century of Progress Homes are a collection of homes constructed to fit modern architecture. They were built for the Chicago World Fair in 1933.
Illinois - Frank Lloyd Wright Home
Even though there are Wright homes scattered throughout the country, Illinois, specifically Oak Park, holds the most extensive collection of them. The Frank Lloyd Wright home is one of the staple pieces of architecture in the state of Illinois. In fact, prairie-style architecture and landscape were first invented in this home.
Visitors to the museum today can see Wright's archives and private collections, and learn about his work and life. Also in Illinois: The McCallister home, more commonly known as the house from Home Alone, is located within the Chicago suburbs, and it was sold for $1.5 million back in 2012.
New Jersey - Drumthwacket
Drumthwacket is the tongue-twister name of this gorgeous mansion owned by the New Jersey governor. The name might sound silly, but it is actually derived from the Scots-Gaelic term for “wooded hill.” Located in Princeton, this home was built specifically for the governor at that time (1834), Charles S. Olden.
The manor holds regular tours as well as school trips where it primarily teaches visitors about sustainability. Also in New Jersey: 112 Mercer Street in Princeton is the address where Albert Einstein lived for 20 years. However, you can not tour there since it is a private residence these days.
Montana - Moss Mansion
The same architect that is responsible for building the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City is also responsible for the Moss Mansion. The architect built this stone mansion in 1903 for a wealthy businessman named Preston Boyd Moss, hence the name of the mansion. Also, the mansion has been featured in a handful of noteworthy films, such as "Son of the Morning Star" and "Return to Lonesome Dove."
The red-stone house garners regular visitors to be transported back in time to this relic of the past. Also in Montana: Charles Marion Russell’s studio is located in Great Falls, the same place where Russell created many of his famous paintings.
Missouri - Vaile Mansion
In 1882, the Kansas City Times called the Vaile Mansion “the most princely house and the most comfortable home in the entire west.” And that still holds true to this day. Not much has changed in the mansion, and it is well-known as one of the best examples of Second Empire architecture in the country.
The mansion also houses the Vaile Victorian Society which takes it upon themselves to upkeep the mansion to the necessary Victorian decor standards. Also in Missouri: The Harry S. Truman House was the home to the 33rd president of the United States, from the time of his marriage to the time of his death.